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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092683/case-control-association-mapping-by-proxy-using-family-history-of-disease
#1
Jimmy Z Liu, Yaniv Erlich, Joseph K Pickrell
Collecting cases for case-control genetic association studies can be time-consuming and expensive. In some situations (such as studies of late-onset or rapidly lethal diseases), it may be more practical to identify family members of cases. In randomly ascertained cohorts, replacing cases with their first-degree relatives enables studies of diseases that are absent (or nearly absent) in the cohort. We refer to this approach as genome-wide association study by proxy (GWAX) and apply it to 12 common diseases in 116,196 individuals from the UK Biobank...
January 16, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092664/expression-of-specific-inflammasome-gene-modules-stratifies-older-individuals-into-two-extreme-clinical-and-immunological-states
#2
David Furman, Junlei Chang, Lydia Lartigue, Christopher R Bolen, François Haddad, Brice Gaudilliere, Edward A Ganio, Gabriela K Fragiadakis, Matthew H Spitzer, Isabelle Douchet, Sophie Daburon, Jean-François Moreau, Garry P Nolan, Patrick Blanco, Julie Déchanet-Merville, Cornelia L Dekker, Vladimir Jojic, Calvin J Kuo, Mark M Davis, Benjamin Faustin
Low-grade, chronic inflammation has been associated with many diseases of aging, but the mechanisms responsible for producing this inflammation remain unclear. Inflammasomes can drive chronic inflammation in the context of an infectious disease or cellular stress, and they trigger the maturation of interleukin-1β (IL-1β). Here we find that the expression of specific inflammasome gene modules stratifies older individuals into two extremes: those with constitutive expression of IL-1β, nucleotide metabolism dysfunction, elevated oxidative stress, high rates of hypertension and arterial stiffness; and those without constitutive expression of IL-1β, who lack these characteristics...
January 16, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092654/promoter-polymorphism-of-toll-like-receptor-4-is-associated-with-a-decreased-risk-of-coronary-artery-disease-a-case-control-study-in-the-chinese-han-population
#3
Dandan Sun, Liping Sun, Qian Xu, Honghu Wang, Jun Yang, Yuan Yuan
BACKGROUND Coronary artery disease (CAD) is considered a chronic inflammatory disease of the blood vessels. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) is a transmembrane receptor involved in inflammatory reactions. The aim of this study was to determine the association between polymorphisms in the promoter region and 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) of TLR4, and the associated CAD risk. MATERIAL AND METHODS This study enrolled 424 participants with CAD and 424 controls without CAD. The polymorphisms in the promoter region and 3'-UTR of TLR4 were identified from the HapMap database, including rs10116253, rs10983755, and rs11536889...
January 16, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092457/insulin-sensitivity-and-inflammation-mediate-the-impact-of-fitness-on-cerebrovascular-health-in-adolescents
#4
Po Lai Yau, Naima Ross, Andrew Tirsi, Arslan Arif, Zeynep Ozinci, Antonio Convit
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: To investigate in adolescents the relationships between retinal vessel diameter, physical fitness, insulin sensitivity, and systemic inflammation. METHODS: We evaluated 157 adolescents, 112 with excessive weight and 45 lean, all without type 2 diabetes mellitus. All received detailed evaluations, including measurements of retinal vessel diameter, insulin sensitivity, levels of inflammation, and physical fitness. RESULTS: Overweight/obese adolescents had significantly narrower retinal arteriolar and wider venular diameters, significantly lower insulin sensitivity, and physical fitness...
January 16, 2017: Childhood Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092294/outcomes-of-a-combined-approach-of-percutaneous-coronary-revascularization-and-cardiac-valve-surgery
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Orlando Santana, Sandeep Singla, Christos G Mihos, Andrés M Pineda, Gregg W Stone, Paul A Kurlansky, Isaac George, Ajay J Kirtane, Craig R Smith, Nirat Beohar
A subset of patients requiring coronary revascularization and valve surgery may benefit from a combined approach of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and valve surgery, as opposed to the standard median sternotomy approach of combined coronary artery bypass and valve surgery. To evaluate its potential benefits and limitations, a literature search was performed using PubMed, EMBASE, Ovid, and the Cochrane library, through March 2016 to identify all studies involving a combined approach of PCI and valve surgery in patients with coronary artery and valvular disease...
January 13, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091979/blood-perfusion-in-osteomyelitis-studied-with-15-o-water-pet-in-a-juvenile-porcine-model
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Lars Jødal, Ole L Nielsen, Pia Afzelius, Aage K O Alstrup, Søren B Hansen
BACKGROUND: Osteomyelitis is a serious disease which can be difficult to treat despite properly instituted antibiotic therapy. This appears to be related at least partly to degraded vascularisation in the osteomyelitic (OM) lesions. Studies of perfusion in OM bones are, however, few and not quantitative. Quantitative assessment of perfusion could aid in the selection of therapy. A non-invasive, quantitative way to study perfusion is dynamic [(15)O]water positron emission tomography (PET)...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091969/quality-of-life-as-predictor-for-the-development-of-cardiac-ischemia-in-high-risk-asymptomatic-diabetic-patients
#7
Philip Haaf, Myriam Ritter, Leticia Grize, Matthias E Pfisterer, Michael J Zellweger
BACKGROUND: Ischemia induced by psychological stress and depression is a common phenomenon in stable coronary artery disease (CAD). We evaluated the quality of life (QoL) of diabetic patients screened for CAD and assessed the prognostic value of mental and physical QoL scores to predict the development of new cardiac ischemia. METHODS: Prospective multicentre outcome study. The study comprised 400 asymptomatic diabetic patients without history or symptoms of CAD...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091832/utility-and-safety-of-the-safesept%C3%A2-transseptal-guidewire-for-electrophysiology-studies-with-catheter-ablation-in-pediatric-and-congenital-heart-disease
#8
Joseph J Knadler, Jeffrey B Anderson, Ahmad S Chaouki, Richard J Czosek, Chad Connor, Timothy K Knilans, David S Spar
PURPOSE: The atrial transseptal procedure is used in catheter ablation of left-sided arrhythmias. Studies in adult patients have shown the SafeSept™ transseptal guidewire (SSTG) to be effective in atrial transseptal procedures. We analyzed our 5-year experience with SSTG use in pediatric and congenital heart disease patients undergoing catheter ablation. METHODS: This is a single-center retrospective analysis of patients undergoing catheter ablation from 2009 to 2014...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090307/hemodynamic-response-to-treatment-of-iron-deficiency-anemia-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-longitudinal-insights-from-an-implantable-hemodynamic-monitor
#9
Muddassir Mehmood, Richa Agarwal, Amresh Raina, Priscilla Correa-Jaque, Raymond L Benza
Despite new therapeutic options, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) remains a progressive disease associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. As such, additional strategies for monitoring and adjunctive management of this disease are important. A 59-year-old woman with scleroderma-associated PAH received an implantable hemodynamic monitor (IHM) as part of a research protocol at our institution. Pulmonary artery pressures, heart rate, and cardiac output (sensor-based algorithm) were measured on a daily basis, and parameters of right ventricular (RV) performance and afterload were calculated...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090305/resolution-of-myelofibrosis-associated-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-following-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#10
Saadia A Faiz, Cezar Iliescu, Juan Lopez-Mattei, Bela Patel, Lara Bashoura, Uday Popat
We present the case of a 62-year-old man with myelofibrosis-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) who underwent allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with subsequent resolution of disease and PAH. Right heart catheterization was used to guide PAH therapy before and after transplantation. Drug interactions, adverse effects, and renal insufficiency posed clinical challenges for the management of PAH-specific medications after transplantation. PAH improved soon after transplantation, and vasoactive medications were tapered off...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090303/genotype-phenotype-effects-of-bmpr2-mutations-on-disease-severity-in-mouse-models-of-pulmonary-hypertension
#11
Andrea L Frump, Arunima Datta, Sampa Ghose, James West, Mark P de Caestecker
More than 350 mutations in the type-2 BMP (bone morphogenetic protein) receptor, BMPR2, have been identified in patients with heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension (HPAH). However, only 30% of BMPR2 mutation carriers develop PAH, and we cannot predict which of these carriers will develop clinical disease. One possibility is that the nature of the BMPR2 mutation affects disease severity. This hypothesis has been difficult to test clinically, given the rarity of HPAH and the complexity of the confounding genetic and environmental risk factors...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090302/three-dimensional-micro-computed-tomography-analysis-of-the-lung-vasculature-and-differential-adipose-proteomics-in-the-sugen-hypoxia-rat-model-of-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#12
Kelly J Shields, Kostas Verdelis, Michael J Passineau, Erin M Faight, Lee Zourelias, Changgong Wu, Rong Chong, Raymond L Benza
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare disease characterized by significant vascular remodeling. The obesity epidemic has produced great interest in the relationship between small visceral adipose tissue depots producing localized inflammatory conditions, which may link metabolism, innate immunity, and vascular remodeling. This study used novel micro computed tomography (microCT) three-dimensional modeling to investigate the degree of remodeling of the lung vasculature and differential proteomics to determine small visceral adipose dysfunction in rats with severe PAH...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090301/pulmonary-pulse-wave-transit-time-is-associated-with-right-ventricular-pulmonary-artery-coupling-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#13
Kurt W Prins, E Kenneth Weir, Stephen L Archer, Jeremy Markowitz, Lauren Rose, Marc Pritzker, Richard Madlon-Kay, Thenappan Thenappan
Pulmonary pulse wave transit time (pPTT), defined as the time for the systolic pressure pulse wave to travel from the pulmonary valve to the pulmonary veins, has been reported to be reduced in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH); however, the underlying mechanism of reduced pPTT is unknown. Here, we investigate the hypothesis that abbreviated pPTT in PAH results from impaired right ventricular-pulmonary artery (RV-PA) coupling. We quantified pPTT using pulsed-wave Doppler ultrasound from 10 healthy age- and sex-matched controls and 36 patients with PAH...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090297/exhaled-nitric-oxide-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-associated-with-systemic-sclerosis
#14
Zeling Cao, Stephen C Mathai, Laura K Hummers, Ami A Shah, Fredrick M Wigley, Noah Lechtzin, Paul M Hassoun, Reda E Girgis
The fractional exhaled concentration of nitric oxide (FENO) has been shown to be reduced in idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) but has not been adequately studied in PAH associated with systemic sclerosis (SSc). We measured FENO at an expiratory flow rate of 50 mL/s in 21 treatment-naive patients with SSc-associated PAH (SSc-PAH), 94 subjects with SSc without pulmonary involvement, and 84 healthy volunteers. Measurements of FENO at additional flow rates of 100, 150, and 250 mL/s were obtained to derive the flow-independent nitric oxide exchange parameters of maximal airway flux (J'awNO) and steady-state alveolar concentration (CANO)...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090294/the-effects-of-pulmonary-vasodilating-agents-on-right-ventricular-parameters-in-severe-group-3-pulmonary-hypertension-a-pilot-study
#15
Takahiro Sato, Ichizo Tsujino, Ayako Sugimoto, Toshitaka Nakaya, Taku Watanabe, Hiroshi Ohira, Masaru Suzuki, Satoshi Konno, Noriko Oyama-Manabe, Masaharu Nishimura
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)-approved vasodilators improve right ventricular (RV) function in patients with PAH. However, whether PAH-approved drugs ameliorate RV morphology and function in lung disease-associated pulmonary hypertension (lung-PH) remains unclear. We aimed to prospectively evaluate the changes in RV volume and ejection fraction (RVEF) in 14 consecutive severe lung-PH patients treated with PAH-approved vasodilators. Severe lung-PH was defined as a mean pulmonary arterial pressure (MPAP) of ≥35 mmHg or an MPAP of ≥25 mmHg with a cardiac index (L/min/m(2)) of <2...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090293/relevance-of-angiopoietin-2-and-soluble-p-selectin-levels-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-receiving-combination-therapy-with-oral-treprostinil-a-freedom-c2-biomarker-substudy
#16
Manuel J Richter, Ralph Schermuly, Werner Seeger, Youlan Rao, Hossein A Ghofrani, Henning Gall
: Studies have suggested roles for angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) and soluble P-selectin (sP-selectin) as biomarkers of disease severity and treatment response in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), but additional data are required for validation. We evaluated these biomarkers using data from FREEDOM-C2, in which patients with PAH receiving stable monotherapy or combination therapy were randomized to receive additional treatment with oral treprostinil (up-titrated from 0.25 mg twice daily) or placebo for 16 weeks...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090291/macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-as-a-novel-biomarker-of-portopulmonary-hypertension
#17
Hilary M DuBrock, Josanna M Rodriguez-Lopez, Barbara L LeVarge, Michael P Curry, Paul A VanderLaan, Zsuzsanna K Zsengeller, Elizabeth Pernicone, Ioana R Preston, Paul B Yu, Ivana Nikolic, Dihua Xu, Ravi I Thadhani, Richard N Channick, S Ananth Karumanchi
Portopulmonary hypertension (POPH) is a poorly understood complication of liver disease associated with significant morbidity and mortality. We sought to identify novel biomarkers of POPH disease presence and severity. We performed a prospective, multicenter, case-control study involving patients with liver disease undergoing right heart catheterization. POPH cases were defined as a mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) ≥25 mmHg and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) >240 dynes˙s˙cm(-5). Plasma samples were collected from the systemic and pulmonary circulation, and antibody microarray was used to identify biomarkers...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090290/shared-gene-expression-patterns-in-mesenchymal-progenitors-derived-from-lung-and-epidermis-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-identifying-key-pathways-in-pulmonary-vascular-disease
#18
Christa Gaskill, Shennea Marriott, Sidd Pratap, Swapna Menon, Lora K Hedges, Joshua P Fessel, Jonathan A Kropski, DeWayne Ames, Lisa Wheeler, James E Loyd, Anna R Hemnes, Dennis R Roop, Dwight J Klemm, Eric D Austin, Susan M Majka
Rapid access to lung-derived cells from stable subjects is a major challenge in the pulmonary hypertension field, given the relative contraindication of lung biopsy. In these studies, we sought to demonstrate the importance of evaluating a cell type that actively participates in disease processes, as well as the potential to translate these findings to vascular beds in other nonlung tissues, in this instance perivascular skin mesenchymal cells (MCs). We utilized posttransplant or autopsy lung explant-derived cells (ABCG2-expressing mesenchymal progenitor cells [MPCs], fibroblasts) and skin-derived MCs to test the hypothesis that perivascular ABCG2 MPCs derived from pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patient lung and skin would express a gene profile reflective of ongoing vascular dysfunction...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090286/novel-methods-in-pulmonary-hypertension-phenotyping-in-the-age-of-precision-medicine-2015-grover-conference-series
#19
REVIEW
Jarrod W Barnes, Adriano R Tonelli, Gustavo A Heresi, Jennie E Newman, Noël E Mellor, David E Grove, Raed A Dweik
Among pulmonary vascular diseases, pulmonary hypertension (PH) is the best studied and has been the focus of our work. The current classification of PH is based on a relatively simple combination of patient characteristics and hemodynamics. This leads to inherent limitations, including the inability to customize treatment and the lack of clarity from a more granular identification based on individual patient phenotypes. Accurate phenotyping of PH can be used in the clinic to select therapies and determine prognosis and in research to increase the homogeneity of study cohorts...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090285/pulmonary-vascular-and-ventricular-dysfunction-in-the-susceptible-patient-2015-grover-conference-series
#20
REVIEW
Bradley A Maron, Roberto F Machado, Larissa Shimoda
Pulmonary blood vessel structure and tone are maintained by a complex interplay between endogenous vasoactive factors and oxygen-sensing intermediaries. Under physiological conditions, these signaling networks function as an adaptive interface between the pulmonary circulation and environmental or acquired perturbations to preserve oxygenation and maintain systemic delivery of oxygen-rich hemoglobin. Chronic exposure to hypoxia, however, triggers a range of pathogenetic mechanisms that include hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α)-dependent upregulation of the vasoconstrictor peptide endothelin 1 in pulmonary endothelial cells...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
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